Saratoga Springs and New York: G.M. Davison and S.S. & W. Wood, 1837. seventh edition. A fat little 12mo, 5 3/4" by 3 1/2". 465 pages. The first edition in 1822 was called "The Fashionable Tour"; this edition, the seventh, was not the last. These later editions are noted (in Howes, #D143) as having a map and plates: this has neither. Internally the pages are mildly browned and foxed, as are the edges, but the text biock is tight and perfectly legible. The book is bound in quarter red morocco and marbled paper, both quite worn and rubbed, and with the front board detached. The paste-down endpaper bears a small bookseller's label from "C.J. Folsom, Bookseller and stationer, at 40 Fulton, one door above Pearl-st, N.Y." Folsom was listed in the New York Annual Register for 1836.
New York: J. Disturnell, 1836. James Smillie. first edition. 5 1/8" x 3 1/4", 71 numbered pages, with two fold-out colored maps of the Hudson River and Vicinity and New York State, and a frontispiece engraving of the Steamboat Landing, Foot of Courtlandt Street, drawn by C. Burton and engraved by [James] Smillie. The two maps, though complete, are, in one case, torn through at the folds, and, in the other, show old tape at many of the folds. The book finishes with a listing of works recently published by J. Disturnell, which include gift books as well as the travellers' guides for both the east and the western parts of the country. Disturnell (1801-1872) was a printer and book dealer, as well as librarian of the Cooper Union. The Guide is in its original publisher's brown cloth, with a worn paper title label and some loss to the backstrip, rear board detached. The real interest in this specific copy is the 4-page pencilled account of a trip that started on 24 July 1839 in New York, and is a series of one-line list of expenses, such as "Railroiad and Steamer to Montreal -- $5.00", "Dinner at Ticonderoga -- $1.00", which are a vivid picture of that era.
Concord, N.H. and Boston: Edson C. Eastman and Lee & Shepard, 1872. tenth edition. Pocket-size: 6 5/8" x 4 1/2", 248 pages plus 7 pages of ads following the text of the book. There are two maps, a smaller foldout showing railroad routes to the White mountains, and a larger foldout map showing the White mountains and vicinity, prepared by C.H.V. Cavis. This map has two tears at the stub joining it to the book, and also at one of the folds and in one section, though without loss of text. There are a half-dozen or more half-page black and white illustrations, also a list of area altitudes and a wonderful list of boarding houses in the area, complete with the names of proprietors, how many people he can board, and the prices. Several pages are brown-stained from laid-in ferns and cloverleaves, some of which I have left in place. A previous owner's presentation inscription is on the front free endpaper, and laid in is a business card from Kiarsarge House in North Conway, showing the hotel and giving a list of places of interest in the area. A very good copy in terra-cotta cloth, lightly soiled and with a....
St. Louis, MO: St.Louis Mercantile Library Association, 1988. "An Exhibition of Books in the Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library Association / A Catalogue and Checklist for an Exhibition November 1 - November 20, 1988", with the catalogue written by John Neal Hoover, head of Special Collections and Rare Book librarian. This is an edition of 500 copies, printed in two colors ( deep red and brown) by the Tomkins Printing Company of St. Louis, measuring a modest, pocket-sized 4 1/2 x 5 1/2", xi, 68pp. The pages give publishing details and brief descriptions of 115 books about people who were captured by ....American indians, a collection that is held by the library. Most of the books mentioned date from the 19th century, but one entry is for Increase Mather's book on war with New England Indians from 1676. There are numerous illustrations from contemporary sources, plus a bibliography. The bookis about fine in heavy printed tan wrappers.
Short Hills, New Jersey: Gustav Kobbé, 1889. first edition. 12mo, xvi, 108pp., with 5 hinged two-page tinted maps, and 51 charming full-page b/w illustrations from woodcuts, including Monmouth Park, Asbury Park, Nauvoo, Victorian cottages, Atlantic City, the Pine Barrens landscape, and many more, some signed "Feraud" in the plate. There is a paper crack at the title page, and page xi is detached from the spinal glue. Otherwise the book is in very good condition in gilt-stamped red cloth, spine slightly sunned. This copy has the following legend on the front cover in gilt: "Compliments of the Central R.R. of New Jersey", as well as a tipped-in slip at the title page that reads "The Central R.R. of New Jersey has purchased of the publisher an edition of 5,000 of KOBBÉ'S 'JERSEY COAST AND PINES,' and this copy is sent to you with the Company's compliments."
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1904. First edition thus. Large, fat octavo, 171-548, viii pp., with 248 plates in color and b/w, 212 drawings in the text from a huge variety of sources. The book itself is taken from the report of the U.S. National Museum for 1902. The author was an ethnologist and a curator at the Smithsonian. There is a ghostly four-leaf clover print between two empty pages, and two b/w plates have worn edges from having worked loose. These are now reinserted. The book includes a reading list and an extensive bibliography. The book is internally near fine in spine-sunned half blue morocco and marbled paper on boards, bottom edges and corners quite rubbed and worn, but overall a very good copy.
New York: The Sayre Ross Company, 1976. Bicentenial edition. Two small volumes (each 4 1/2" x 3 1/4"), 64, 81 pages. "This is a Special Commemorative Edition published in Celebration of the Bicentennial of the United States of America 1776-1976". From an edition of 1,000 copies, these are unnumbered. The two volumes, with an essay by librarians/historians David C. Mearns and Vernon W. Clapp are bound in full deep blue leatherette, gilt stamped and with all edges gilt, and are housed in a marbled paper-covered slipcase, lightly edge-rubbed. A fine set on good paper.
Stamford, CT: Overbrook Press, 1962. First edition. Softcover. Octavo, 14pp. An edition of 2,500 copies, giving the entirety of Streeter's amusing speech, which is full of odd do's and don'ts and references to fellow Century Association members. He quotes Daniel Webster, who said "Libraries are for sleeping" - one should browse and drowse. Streeter wrote the extremely sucessful novel "Father of the Bride", and 11 other works, many of them very amusing, though this pamphlet, not being of novel length, is never mentioned. Very good to fine in very slightly soiled salmon wrappers with a paper title label.